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Address: Rainy Pass (Highway 20), North Cascades National Park, WA
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8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Gorgeous lake and handicap accessible

This walk, not really a hike is about 2 miles round trip. It is paved all the way with a large overlook at the end. Interpretive signs along the way and a few benches. Several... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 15, 2015
Okanogan, Washington
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Okanogan, Washington
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

This walk, not really a hike is about 2 miles round trip. It is paved all the way with a large overlook at the end. Interpretive signs along the way and a few benches. Several years back I pushed my Mom the entire way and back in a wheelchair so I know it is possible. On a hot day it... More 

Thank Helen223
Bangkok, Thailand
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1,127 reviews
476 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 651 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

This hike was recommended to us by a park ranger as one that is easy to do in a relatively short time. It's just 2 miles round trip, winding through forests with a few interesting interpretive signs, before emerging at the edge of Rainy Lake. The views across the lake are excellent. There are certainly more spectacular hikes in the... More 

Thank Raintree_Thailand
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74 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Driving from Winthrop to Anacortes we wanted to do a short lake hike - and at 0.9 miles out and then back (so 1.8 miles total), Rainy lake seemed to fit the bill and was close to Washington Pass which has stunning views. The walk is all on tarmac which is great for accessibility of course, but is less great... More 

Thank archipenko
San Marcos, California
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15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This was our favorite hike in the Cascade National Park...it was easy and it was beautiful...with few people in attendance, it allowed for us to enjoy the scenery together for a lengthy period of time...you won't want to miss this one!

Thank nd6300
Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
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56 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This is a beautiful lake with a very good access even for not so fit travellers, very nice stop on Rainy Pass on Hwy 20, worth seeing if you have a little time.

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British Columbia, Canada
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399 reviews
163 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Very nice short walk (about a mile in). Brings you to a lovely lake with great reflections of the mountains surrounding. Well graded and mostly paved.

Thank MEAK
Baltimore, Maryland
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24 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The road to rainy lake is usually closed after mid-Nov. But this year (2014) we got extremely lucky and found ourself enjoying more than a week's sunny but cold days, and the road was open! The lake was completely frozen, people was skating on it, and the scenery was stunning. Totally worth it.

1 Thank aurex_f
Picture Butte, ALberta
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This was an easy hike (paved path the entire way) to a pretty lake at the end. $5.00 to use the trail (or a park pass) which was very reasonable.

1 Thank Sherryl L
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We went to the wrong car park at first but soon realised our mistake. Found a spot to park and then walked the lake did not dissapoint, it was lovely and peaceful. I liked the sings on the trees as it made the walk more interesting. Go there and relax.

1 Thank Brian M
Seattle, Washington
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204 reviews
126 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

A short easy trail in the North Cascade Scenic Highway a few miles after the Washington Pass Look out Post. The Trail is completely paved and is suitable for children and elderly.The trail is about two miles bothway and you have a look at a wonderful lake and scenic mountains at the end of the trail.The only snag is that... More 

2 Thank KRAMA200

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